The Sleep Millennium – The Sky Is Zero [TMN PREMIERE]

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The Sleep Millennium
The Sky Is Zero

Before you press play, go ahead and throw on some blue tinted sunglasses, fire up the lava lamp, and partake in your favorite adult indulgence. The Sleep Millennium is bringing you a taste of the psychedelic 60s, shaded with modern production techniques that will fuse music nerds from past and present.

This is the first single from this brand-new act from Portland, Oregon, which brings us yet another reason to hail the Pacific Northwest. In addition to tasty craft brews, top-notch wines, and the legendary Voodoo Donuts, “The Sky Is Zero” expresses another layer to the culture, and counter-culture, that’s so well defined up there. It’s slow-building, providing a perfectly dreamy build up with delightfully hazy guitars. Booming percussion comes in at about the 2:00-minute mark, giving way to a spiraling crescendo of powerful lyrics and layers of entrancing instrumentals.

As you enjoy this tune, know that it’s the first time the planets have aligned in over a decade. Coincidence? We’ll let you decide. As far as the rest of the debut EP goes, you can expect it on February 26th, 2016. It boasts strong messages of heartbreak, struggle, and triumphs – something we can all associate with.

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[Indie] Klangstof – Hostage

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Klangstof
Hostage

As you’ve come to know through the years, there’s nothing I enjoy more about blogging than sharing an artist’s debut single. While a lot of the up-and-coming artists take a little while to build up steam after releasing their first track, I have a feeling that this one will move a little quicker. Why’s that? Amsterdam-based Klangstof is the fourth artist off tastemaker label Mind of a Genius, and they’ll follow in the footsteps of acts like ZHU, Gallant, and THEY.

Premiering early today on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1, “Hostage” is a delightfully dreary indie rock tune that infuses elements of shoegaze, indie rock, and tidbits of electro pop. These elements are brought to life through glowing guitar work, understated drum pad hits, and progression that latches on early, refusing to go throughout. The last section of the song is particularly impressive, highlighted by a crescendo of crashing percussion and soaring synths.

Make sure to keep an eye for future releases by following Klangstof on SoundCloud, Facebook and Twitter.

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FAIRCHILD – Nom de Guerre [TMN VIDEO PREMIERE]

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FAIRCHILD
Nom De Guerre

Paying an artful homage to some deep-rooted musical influences, Australian-born, Manchester-based FAIRCHILD IS giving the 1980s a modern facelift with tracks like “Nom de Guerre.”

Dropping on their Breathless EP, this tune features some delightful New Wave influences, brought into the spotlight with some booming percussion work and wavering keys and guitar. The instrumental combination provides a highly engaging soundscape which acts as the perfect backdrop for the alternating slow-n-seductive verses, and stadium anthem choruses.

If you’re digging those lyrics, you don’t need to scramble across the internet to find them. Below you’ll find live footage from their first ever UK show at the Sebright Arms and it features perfectly sequenced lyrics. Aside from being able to belt this out in your car or bathroom mirror, you’ll also have a leg up for your next karaoke session.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2015 Round #3)

indie-dojo-music-ninjaLive in the moment. Don’t dwell on the past. Everyday statements we should probably live by. Unless you are a Ninja and can conquer both in a positive light. If you just happened to land on this page out of nowhere, now’s your chance to live in the moment. Take a few minutes out of your hectic day and press play. OR go ahead and dwell on the past. There is an option to listen to old Indie Dojos from the “Playlist” tab right above this post. Either way, we won’t judge how you choose to spend your moments, past or present, as long as you enjoy them.

Katy Gunn
Hate (Its a Bad Education)
Al Church
Next To You
Gospel Machine
Just Call Me
John Mark Nelson
Control
Lawrence Rothman
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Grand Courriers
Blink
AstralVagrants
Awake Forever demo
Sarah Morris
There is a Light that Never Goes Out (The Smiths Cover)
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Jimkata – Wild Ride [TMN PREMIERE]

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Jimkata
Wild Ride

Comprised of childhood friends Evan Friedell (vocals / guitar), Aaron Gorsch (synths) and Packy Lunn (drums), Ithaca-based Jimkata is heavily rooted in 80s culture, from their synth-focused sound, to their name, which offers a playful nod to the so-bad-it’s-good 1985 film Gymkata. If you’re not familiar with that one, just know it involves a gymnast who must combine his gymnastics skills of the west with fighting secrets of the east. Make sure you queue it up for your next movie night.

February brings us the band’s third album, In Motion, which happens to be funded fully by their fanbase. We had the chance to preview it and now have the ultimate pleasure of bringing you a first listen at “Wild Ride.” Calling on associations of both modern acts like St. Lucia and classic acts like Peter Gabriel, this tune builds in an anthemic fashion, boasting an iconic bassline, multiple layers of gorgeous synths, and set of lyrics that will have you singing along in no time.

If you dig this tune, we highly recommend noting the February 12th release on your calendar. While you’re at it, find a show that’s close to you and mark that down too. If it happens to be their Denver show, you can count on seeing us there.

Tour Dates

Feb 19 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Feb 20 – Albany, NY – The Hollow
Feb 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Milkboy
Feb 26 – Manchester, CT – The Main Pub
Feb 27 – Syracuse, NY – The Westcott Theater
Mar 01 – Richmond, VA – The Camel
Mar 02 – Greenville, NC – Crossbones Tavern
Mar 03 – Live Oak, FL – Aura Music Festival
Mar 05 – Savannah, GA – Barrelhouse South
Mar 17 – Washington, DC – Gypsy Sallys
Mar 18 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Saint
Mar 19 – Hamden, CT – The Outer Space
Mar 24 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
Mar 25 – Harrisburg, PA – Abbey Bar
Mar 26 – Buffalo, NY – Iron Works
Apr 01 – Rochester, NY – Flour City Station
Apr 02 – Oneonta, NY – Oneonta Theatre
Apr 07 – Boston, MA – Middle East Upstairs
Apr 08 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
Apr 09 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Apr 13 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
Apr 14 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern
Apr 15 – Kalamazoo, MI – Shakespeare’s
Apr 16 – Chicago, IL – Tonic Room
Apr 21 – Fort Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note
Apr 22 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
Apr 23 – Boulder, CO – The Lazy Dog
Apr 27 – Iowa City, IA – Yacht Club
Apr 28 – Grand Rapids, MI – Founders
Apr 29 – Lansing, MI – The Loft
Apr 30 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook Club

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[Dance Party] Junior Prom – Stand!

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JUNIOR PROM
Stand!

Thankfully, it’s Friday. If it were any other day, you’d have an awful lot of explaining to do to your fellow classmates or co-workers. Why’s that, you ask? Well, one listen through “Stand!” will have you cutting a rug like it’s midway through a rowdy night out, and if you did that on any other day, people might look at you funny. However, it’s f**in’ Friday, and you’re allowed to get a little wild. And, you can thank Junior Prom for that privilege.

You may not have heard of Mark Solomich and John Paul Frank, but after today, these two will cement themselves into your memory, your Friday Night Playlist, as well as a few grumblings for a sluggish and headache-plagued Saturday morning. Their sound is naturally infectious, causing the immediate need to engage in raucous revelry. It’s playful and extremely well-crafted, giving you the sense that not only do these two know their shit, but they also know how to have a good time.

Featuring a well-defined bassline, whimsical guitar riffs, and catchy-as-hell lyrics, “Stand!” embodies those aforementioned statements, giving us a ripping good three minute and 40-second party. Talk about the perfect soundtrack to lead you into two days of pure freedom.

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Katy Gunn – Hate (it’s a bad education) [TMN PREMIERE]

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Katy Gunn
Hate (It's a Bad Education)

Katy Gunn is a one-woman musical army in “Hate,” bringing an enchanting soundscape comprised of nothing but sounds created from either her voice or her hands. Utilizing Ableton live, she recorded layers upon layers of different claps, hums, and lyrics, all of which come together in perfect harmony for this extremely inventive and rather quirky tune.

After gaining experience with acts like Teenage Love and one of our all-time favorite rappers, Method Man, this Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/producer is bringing a collection of her own music to the masses, with today’s premiere leading the way. The rest of her Whispering Voices EP promises to showcase more of this organic style, showcasing her acute artistic abilities.

If you found yourself grooving in your chair to this lovely little tune, make sure to follow her on SoundCloud. If you’re lucky enough to be in NYC on January 20th at 7:30PM, we highly recommend heading to Dixon Place to check out her live performance. The word on the street is – her show will be a dance performance co-choreographed with artist and performer Autumn Kioti, all of which is set to the EP and visuals by Sol Kjøk.

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